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I once played golf with the president at the Galveston Country Club. Not the president of the country club; the president of the United States. Almost.

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It was Woods v Mickelson, and what they did was what we should have expected. Like the days of the Palmer-Nicklaus rivalry, the pair just cannot help but go full grind when head to head.

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Young women seem to be increasingly interested in the game, as evidenced by program growth in our local high schools and thanks to area PGA golf professionals who do a wonderful job of teaching the game and keeping it interesting.

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If you watched the Houston Texans visit Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis on Sunday to challenge the Colts, there is no need to explain to “winning ugly” means. If you arose much earlier in the day to tune in the final day of the Ryder Cup matches from a place in France that I can neither re…

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Brian Nygaard Oswald is a golf rules expert who conducts seminars all over the country. As he succinctly explains, a mulligan is the one “rule” that every golfer knows — but is not actually written into the official rulebook.

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Questions proffered by the rock duo Zager and Evans in their 1969 hit “In The Year 2525” have been answered as that year arrives: not only is man still alive; he (and she) still plays golf, arms and legs having not been rendered useless.

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To all who insist that Tiger Woods, age 42, is “washed up,” you are now, as Dusty Springfield sang in 1964: “Wishin’ and hopin’ and thinkin’ and prayin.’” Period. The man can still compete at the highest level of the game. Period.

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“Chances are, your chances are, awfully good,” sang Johnny Mathis back in 1960. Mathis was a champion high jumper back in the day and, according to more than one source, also an outstanding ping pong player. Years later, he took up golf.

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No sooner than training camps open from coast to coast and border to border — and nowhere more dramatically than in the great state of Texas — do large photos and stories on sports pages and major magazines begin to feature quarterbacks, with their big smiles and their bigger contracts.